Campanario (Campanile)


To return sound to the San Diego Church (now Laboratorio de Arte Alameda) campanile, a system of loudspeakers was installed there that broadcast a composition  developed based on episodes where, through the superimposition of voice layers, the relationships between a series of vocal timbres and 60-beats-per-minute-based primary time periods is organically explored. The result is a chorale that is born with the silence of the morning and that with time increases its level of polyrhythm, duration and tone complexity to gradually dissolve into the emptiness of the wee hours.



The tolling of church bells (like the live call of the muezzin from a mosque’s minarets) has for centuries served as a means to call the faithful to prayer as well as announce public gatherings, regional activities or just the passage of time.


Tiempo sagrado y tiempo profano que domestican y controlan el ritmo de la ciudad y sus habitantes.


As well, loudspeakers were devices that in many ways went hand-in-hand with sociocultural changes observed throughout the twentieth century. They symbolized military harangues, political rallies and public protests.


Campanario rescues the call’s primordial function, one of the most ancient functions associated with the belltower’s symbolic architecture: marking time’s passage. There is a scale model of Campanario located in the Coyoacán district.


Campanile sound piece by Rogelio Sosa



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